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FacultyTalks with Karen Hammer: Relinquishing the ...

Monday, October 30, 2017,

  • Location: WGS Conference Room

Using Gay’s memoir as a starting point, you will be invited to explore the deeply troubled relationship that Western cultures have had to fatness. The repulsion toward fat women in particular makes clear the parallel between the de facto laws of gender performance and the laws of the body: for women, fatness is often read as a heretical betrayal of gender norms, a relinquishment of the sacred quest for thin. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts on the “sacred quest for thin,” and the fraught relationship between gender, sexuality, and fat, as well as examples of resistance to the worship of thinness in U.S. culture. Bring your lunch and dessert will be provided!